You are to draw not reality, but the appearance of reality!
Compare constantly, lines and angles... Hold looking-glass before your model and your drawing. Take a second's glance only, and see if the impression be the same. If it be not, ask, 'What is the difference?
How are things visible? Can you see an egg against a white background? Not by drawing a line around it can you make it evident.
The mission of art is to represent nature not to imitate her.
Painting is the only universal language. All nature is creation's picture book. Painting alone can describe every thing which can be seen, and suggest every emotion which can be felt. Art reaches back into the babyhood of time, and is man's only lasting monument.
Elaboration is not beauty, and sand-paper never finished a piece of bad work.
There's lots of fun in this world, after all. And if there isn't, there is in the next. And we're going there, sure.
Children should learn to draw as they learn to write, and such a mystery should not be made of it. They should be encouraged, not flattered... then [later in life] double the effort is required to get the facility which might have been gained insensibly.
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